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**Important from the PTA for the Aviva grant**

Can we ask all parents, family, friends - everyone! To vote for us please:

We've entered the Aviva Community Fund to ask for £10,000 for IT equipment for the school - a class set of Chromebooks and an ActivPanel interactive board.


Voting opens today (Tuesday 23rd) at 9am - if you could spare a few minutes to vote for Cwmlai Primary School IT Improvement on the link below it would be massively appreciated! And if your family, friends, neighbours and anyone you've ever known could too, that would be amazing!
Only the projects with the highest votes go through into the final round of considerations and the school could really do with some new equipment.

Voting closes on 20th November, so don't delay!!


https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-1375?fbclid=IwAR0MZuSIsFPzUrcYUV-p0K6mkXvzOu7jFmJ0QtH0Wczp4zEtQkSSsu9NnuQ

 

You might have to copy and paste the above address, rather than just clicking on it.


Thank you!
Cwmlai PTA and all Cwmlai Primary Staff

Please could the children bring in a strong carrier bag each on Wednesday - as they will be bringing all their books, art work and files home :) 

 

Thank you 

Permission forms were sent home tonight regarding a movie application that we have filmed to try and win a Promethean ActivPanel for the school. 

 

To win this activpanel would be an amazing opportunity for the school. And our movie is first class, top notch, perfect so we would love to be able to share it!!!! 😉

 

Please could the permission forms be signed tonight (urgently) and sent back tomorrow. 

 

If you need any more info about the competition, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

 

Thank you 😊

We have been busy recreating work by 1960’s Pop Artist, Roy Litchenstein. Today, the pupils used his paintings as inspiration to design their own Pop art. 

 

They are coming along nicely and look great. 

 

I can’t wait to upload the finished artwork. 

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We all have World Cup Fever in Dosbarth Gwyn!! 

 

You have all been given a team to celebrate in the World Cup - chosen completely at random from our pick n mix bag! 

 

For homework you need to research that country and create a poster-style fact file about that country to display on the wall.

 

I want to know: 

 

*Where it is in the world

*What currency they use 

*What is the capital city 

*What is the population

*What does the flag look like 

*Any special foods

*What is the language 

*Something about the 2018 World Cup team for that country

 

*Any other interesting facts

 

Don’t forget to set it out using the skills we have been learning all year for posters and fact files - a clear heading, interesting pictures and images - and fact boxes. 

 

I can’t wait to see them! 

 

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We went to an Opera Day today at Tonyrefail Leisure Centre that was run by the famous opera singer Mark Llewelyn Evans. 
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We had an amazing time in Llangrannog. 

 

I’m too tired to type any more about it tonight! But cwtch up and sleep well tonight and I’ll see you all tomorrow 💤 

 

Don’t forget, we have Techniquest in tomorrow. 

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Llangrannog: 

 

Thank you to everyone who attended the Llangrannog Meeting.

 

The children in Year 5 are super excited for tomorrow! 

 

For those people who couldn't attend the meeting, we discussed the following things:

 

*Hoodies have arrived and have been given out

 

*We should be leaving by 9am on Friday - if the children could come to school a little earlier - if they could be here by 8.30am with their things for Llangrannog - and we should be arriving back about 4pm on the Sunday but a text will be sent as we are on our way back to confirm an estimated arrival time.

 

*On Friday, if pupils can wear their new hoodies into school - with joggers / leggings / long sleeve tops and trainers - clothing suitable to start the activities as soon as we get to Llangrannog.

 

If they can also bring a packed lunch with them. If we leave at 9am we should get to Llangrannog around lunch time - so first stop will be to have their packed lunches and then on to the first lot of activities.

 

*Pupils can bring money with them - but no more than £20 and if they bring change rather than a £20 note. As most of the things they can spend their money on (vending machines etc) requires change.

 

*They can't bring:

Phones

Electronics of any kind 

Aerosols

Straighteners or curlers - because of the risk of burning / being left on.

Boiled sweets - because they are a choking hazzard

 

There is no mobile phone or mobile Internet signal in Llangrannog anyway - so there is no point in them having their phones - and it means that nothing expensive can get lost or stolen.

 

If there is an emergency of any kind we will phone you off the landline. But no news is good news! We will tweet on our Twitter page when we have arrived and add photos as soon as possible to the Twitter page too. So please can keep an eye on this. 

 

Aerosols set off the sensitive fire alarms. So if the pupils want to bring deodorants or perfumes - please ensure they are the spritz type or roll on. 

 

*Rooms will be allocated tomorrow or Thursday and we are working with the children to ensure that they are roomed with friends. 

 

We hope this covers any questions or queries that you have and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend!! 

 

Let's just hope they get some sleep!!

 

Staff going: Mrs Rees & Mrs Scott, Mrs Parsons, Miss Jones and Miss Povey. 

There will be an information meeting for the Year 5 parents on Monday at 3.30pm. 

 

The children should have brought home a list of what to pack and two health forms that need to be returned to school. Please can these be returned ASAP. 

 

The meeting will just confirm some information of what the children can expect in Llangrannog, what money they can take etc. 

TESTS - 2 down only 1 more to go!! You have all been excellent whilst sitting these National Tests and have all shown perseverance and maturity. Well done Dosbarth Gwyn. Only one more to get through - Reasoning on Tuesday.

 

Some of you have asked for more Reasoning practise for over the bank holiday weekend. Here is a link to some example Reasoning problems that have been taken from past / practise papers.

 

The teachers notes, introduction presentation and the questions are all there for each type of question.

 

http://learning.gov.wales/resources/learningpacks/reasoning-in-the-classroom/year-5/?lang=en#/resources/learningpacks/reasoning-in-the-classroom/year-5/support-materials/?lang=en

 

But remember to also enjoy the bank holiday weekend and the lovely sunshine that we are supposed to be having, coming our way!!

 

Have a lovely weekend smiley

Mrs Parsons  

TEACHERS NOTES YOU NEED TO COMPLETE THE DOUBLE TROUBLE REASONING PROBLEM

Homework for Friday 27th April

 

You have your National Tests next week and the week after. Please spend this weekend doing some Revision for them.

 

Proceedural Test:

You can revise all the different Year 5 Maths topics for the procedural paper on the website https://uk.ixl.com/math/

Choose Year 5 and choose a topic – this page includes ALL the topics we have learnt this year, topics that may come up on the tests.

You only get so many free goes on this website – but remember if you close it down and clear your browser history, you can start back on it as a new user!

 

Remember, Other websites are available to practise all the different maths topics - Top Marks and many more! Just scroll down on our page to find a long list of suggested websites.

 

Reasoning practise:

I have sent home a Reasoning problem taken from a Year 5 Practise test.

The teacher’s booklet is on the link below. 

You will need to ask your parents to help you with this – if they can be the teacher and open the teacher’s booklet to give you the information you need to complete this test.

They also have the answers in the Teacher’s book to check you have worked it out correctly.

Good luck!

 

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We have been busy practising test papers in class and will continue to do so after the holidays, many parents have requested past papers to be sent home over Easter.

 

Today, I have sent home, a practise Numeracy procedural test - as well as other bits of homework to get you all ready for the tests. 

 

We are doing / have done enough Reading practise in class -but if you are desperate to practise another Reading Paper - these can be found online on the Welsh National Government website > National Tests > Reading Papers Practise > Year 5.  

 

Due to printing restrictions and the number of pages in the Reasoning booklet, I have not printed this one for your child to practise. But please still ensure that they practise some Numeracy Reasoning / Problem solving style questions during the holidays.

 

There is a practise paper on the government website (listed in the previous post below) - which can be printed or viewed at home.

 

Further reasoning problems can be found online at www.guidedreasoning.co.uk (Year 5) and there are two practise papers and the accompanying power-points that can be viewed/printed from our class website page. (PDF links below).

 

Another way to revise for the tests is to play some maths games on all the different topic areas.

 

I have compiled a list of useful websites for revision and games —which I have previously added to our class webpage - please scroll down to view these.

 

I hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Parsons.

 

PRACTISE REASONING TESTS

National Literacy and Numeracy Tests

Tests should begin on the week beginning Monday 30th April - exact dates will be confirmed by Mrs Rees. 

Every child in Year 2 to Year 6 is required to take tests every May in Reading, Procedural Maths and Mathematical reasoning. Here is a link to an information booklet about the tests:

 

http://learning.wales.gov.uk/docs/learningwales/publications/140721-information-for-parents-carers-2-9-en.pdf

 

We have been busy practising test papers in class and many parents have requested past papers to be sent home over Easter. These will go home with the children on Thursday March 29th. 

Another way to revise for the tests is to read and complete comprehension style activities and to play some maths games on all the different topic areas.

I have compiled a list of useful websites. If you scroll further back down our page, another list of websites was published a while ago – as well as a link to the government website where samples of the test papers can be viewed and printed if people want additional practise.

 

I have not played every game on these websites so please let me know if a site is particularly useful or not so useful. Also if you find other useful websites please let me know and I will add them to the list on the school webpage.

 

BBC Bitesize is free and has many activities to practice all aspects of the Literacy and Numeracy framework. Use the areas for all countries in the UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

 

 

IXl maths has free units you can trial for a month: http://uk.ixl.com/

 

 

Nessy reading and spelling has free access: http://www.nessy.com/

 

This website has past test papers from England which can be printed: http://primarytools.co.uk/pages/pastpapers.html

 

Websites with fun games and activities

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

http://www.maths-games.org/

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/literacy/index.htm

http://www.primarygames.com/reading.php

http://pbskids.org/games/reading/

http://www.funbrain.com/brain/ReadingBrain/ReadingBrain.html

http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/subject/reading-games/

http://www.smartygames.com/

PRACTISE MATHS PAPER

**Because we didn't do our Spelling Week the last week of term - here are the spellings again for the first week back**

Homework for Easter.

 

You have quite a few little tasks to complete over the half term holidays.

 

These include:

 

*Learning your spellings as normal, for your spelling test on Wednesday 18th April.

 

*Completing a Maths test paper – which we will go over and mark on the first day back.

 

*Some of you have TIME homework – extra practise

 

*An Area sheet – This is the sheet of funny shapes that you have been given - please count the squares and part squares to find the answers! Don't forget - make sure your answers are cm squared! 

 

*Homework for our new topic - a letter explaining our new topic and asking you to gather resources if possible.

 

Please check the website over the holidays for any important information or updates.

 

Have a great break and stay safe,

 

Mrs Parsons J

 

 

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19/03/2018:

 

School will be open as normal today. The school site has been assessed and the yard mostly cleared. Please take your

time and stay safe as some of the pavements on the way to school are icy. No late marks will be given - just please arrive safely.

 

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Can you believe we have had snow AGAIN Dosbarth Gwyn? Just take

your time and arrange at school safely. ⛄️ 

A big thank you to Emily and Mammy Binding for our delicious welsh cakes for our belated St David’s Day!! We all really enjoyed them!! As you can see from the pics below! 

 

Eisteddfod Art, poetry and handwriting entries will be uploaded to the website page next week - can you spot yours to share with your parents and family? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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**SPELLINGS**

 

Because of the disruption and excitement with the SNOW announcement, the children didn't take their spellings home last week - so I have changed the spelling test to Friday 9th March - for this week only, to give the pupils more time to learn their words.

 

It will be back to normal for our test on Wednesday 14th March.

 

To be organised in advance, and to make sure the children have the spelling lists (as I have been having problems with the website) - I have uploaded them below, in advance.

 

So all spellings lists for this term are below. Please check that you are learning the correct list for that week's test.

WEATHER UPDATE - FOR THURSDAY 1ST MARCH

We had an e mail from the Local Authority at 2.10 this afternoon which goes as follows;-

 

We would also recommend that you use the following statement when sending a text to parents or posting this information on social media/school websites:

 

“Based on current Met Office forecasts of severe winter weather, which is expected to have a significant impact from tomorrow, Thursday 1 March and in to the weekend, the local authority has advised us to close the school tomorrow, Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March. An update will be provided over the weekend in respect of Monday, 5 March.”

 

Therefore based on the above information Cwmlai Primary will be closed tomorrow

We will keep in touch via text.

**Half term homework** 

 

You should have taken your homework home with you today, to complete over half term. 

 

This should include:

 

*Regular Reading - you should have taken your reading book and reading record home today. 

 

*Spellings - to be tested on Wednesday 28th February. 

 

*The design a logo for Tonyrefail Skate Park - these need to be given in on Monday 26th February as they need to be sent off to be judged 

 

Plus an Eisteddfod / St David’s Day task - details of which can be found below. 

 

Have a fantastic break!! I will miss you all and I can’t wait to see you back, refreshed and happy on Monday 26th February. 

 

First week back will be WELSH WEEK in class, where we will be celebrating all things Welsh!! Ending with our St David’s Day celebrations and in-house Eisteddfod on Friday 2nd March. 

 

Please come dressed in St David’s Day consumes / rugby shirts / Welsh colours on the Friday. 

 

World book day will be celebrated on Thursday 1st March - please come dressed as your favourite character from a book.

 

Lots going on that first week back! 

 

Stay safe and have fun! 

St David’s Day Task:

 

We have been looking at portrait drawings in Art this term. 

 

For your half term homework, I would like you to choose a famous

Welsh person to draw a portrait of. 

 

It can be of anyone famous in Wales, a famous Welsh king, a football player, rugby player, singer or writer. 

 

You can do a pencil sketch of your chosen person, or create a portrait using coloured pencils, watercolours, water colour pencils, pastels, oils or paints! On white card, canvas, white paper, black paper - Whatever materials you choose! The more creative the better! 

 

Your art work will then be displayed as part of our St David’s Day display in the Junior corridor. 

 

Some ideas are below - remember that we looked at, how effective HALF portraits are, in class? Where you take a photograph / printed image of your chosen celebrity and cut out half their face, stick that down onto card or paper - and then draw the other half of their face yourself! 

 

These look fantastic! 

 

Remember - you can use the portrait “grid” / step by step guide, like we have been using in class, to keep everything in proportion and to help make the faces more symmetrical. 

 

Good luck! I can’t wait to see your portraits. 

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We had defibrillator training in Dosbarth Gwyn today! 

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Watch this space for some info on the training from Kian and Seth.

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Homework: 

 

Our SEAL and PSE this term is to discuss “it’s good to be me” - so for homework could you get a photo of yourselves and say why it’s good to be you!!  / Discuss what makes you proud to be yourself.

 

Work will be displayed around the classroom. So it can be interpreted in any way - as kindness, a good friend or as skills and talents. 
As discussed and demonstrated in class, how you set it out is up to you  - the more creative, the better, to brighten up our Classroom!! Good luck and I can’t wait to see them. 

***EXTRA HOMEWORK - By Friday 2nd February***

 

As part of our Healthy Schools work, please could you all create and design a "Hand Washing" Poster by Friday.

 

This is for a competition being run by our Healthy Schools Monitors and will be judged on Monday 5th February so if they can be submitted to me (Mrs Parsons) BY Friday.

 

The winning posters will be displayed around the school.

Examples of posters are below to help with ideas.

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Homework:

 

You have learnt all about the Battle of Bosworth this week and how the Tudor reign started. Please colour this Tudor Rose for homework. It is to decorate our Tudor display board. 

 

You can just colour it - with felts, crayons or colouring pencils. Or you might want to decorate it with crepe paper, glitters, beads! Be as creative as you like, but remember to stick to the correct colours. 

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**PLEASE NOTE - OUR CLASS TRIP - Due to a change of circumstance at Llancaiach Fawr, we have had to change our trip date to MONDAY 12TH FEBRUARY. **

Spellings for Wednesday 31st January:

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Homework: Please can you research William Shakespeare and produce a fact file on him, ready for our Drama unit of work. 

 

We will be sharing these in class on Thursday afternoon. 

Remember to practise your timestables and learn your spellings! 

 

We we have been working on dividing using bus stop and multiplying using Napier’s in class - can you practise this at home? 

***Please note a change to spellings*** 

 

Due to class timetable changes to accommodate swimming, our Spelling test will now be on a Wednesday morning in Dosbarth Gwyn. 

 

So please learn your spellings for a Wednesday morning each week.  

Welcome back! Please find a Year5 Welcome back letter below and your spellings for Monday's test.

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A MASSIVE thank you for a huge turnout at our Christmas Enterprise Evening! 

 

We helped raise an incredible total for the school and we thank you all for your amazing support. We hope you enjoyed the craft items! 

 

A lot of work went into making them - as well as into the enterprise side of market research and pricing up the competition, working out profit and loss, designing and problem solving! The children had a ball and increased their business skills no end!

 

I think it's fair to say that the fudge was a firm favourite in our class! 

 

Photos of the products and of the children's enterprise work to follow. 

 

A big thank you to all the children for how hard you worked on all your craft items - and an extra special thank you the boys who stayed behind and ran our stall!! 
There's some little Richard Branson's and Alan Sugar's in the making in Dosbarth Gwyn I know!! 

 

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There won't be a Spelling Test on Monday - as homework please learn your lines for the Christmas concert and practise our songs!!
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PHOTOS OF OUR TRIP TO THE DWR CYMRU WELSH WATER WORKS

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Please can you learn the lyrics to the following songs for our Christmas Concert

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Homework to be completed in your Homework books.

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Spellings for Monday 20th November are to learn how to spell the numbers 1-20 in Welsh!

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Spellings for the test on Monday 13th November

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**Please could you all remember to bring a white pillowcase each into school the first day back after half term so that we can start making our bags!** 

 

We have been busy learning about Water Aid and how different charities have joined together to raise money for communities in different countries that don't have access to fresh, running water or clean toilets and showers. 

 

As part of our DT, we have decided to design and make bags that could be sold to raise money for the water aid project. 

We have been busy creating our designs and planning HOW we are going to make the bags. 

 

The pupils have decided that they want to keep it simple by using a pillowcase for the Main body of the bad and then sewing other details on. 

 

The first week back after half term, we will be making our bags by tie dying pillow cases with natural dyes (that we are also going to make!) 

 

**Please could you all remember to bring a white pillowcase each into school the first day back after half term!** 

 

HOMEWORK 20/10/17:

To research pollution in rivers.

 

What is pollution? How do people pollute the rivers?

 

Can you find and list some facts and information about river pollution in your homework books ready for your river lessons next week?

 

Can you list any useful websites to share in class?

For Harvest, on Friday 27th October, we will be collecting for the Food Bank Rhondda. Please see the info below of what items they need donated :) thank you for your support

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We have been writing AMAZING river poems!

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This week we are really getting stuck into our class novel by Michael Morpurgo

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Enjoying our class novel!! Drawing maps of the island from detailed descriptions

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Spellings for Monday 16th October

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Suggested Maths & English Websites to enhance learning:

 

I have not played every game on these websites so please let me know if a site is particularly useful or not so useful. Also if you find other useful websites please let me know and I will add them to the list on the school webpage.

 

BBC Bitesize is free and has many activities to practice all aspects of the Literacy and Numeracy framework. Use the areas for all countries in the UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

 

 

IXl maths has free units you can trial for a month: http://uk.ixl.com/

 

 

Nessy reading and spelling has free access: http://www.nessy.com/

 

This website has past test papers from England which can be printed: http://primarytools.co.uk/pages/pastpapers.html

 

Websites with fun games and activities

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

http://www.maths-games.org/

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/literacy/index.htm

http://www.primarygames.com/reading.php

http://pbskids.org/games/reading/

http://www.funbrain.com/brain/ReadingBrain/ReadingBrain.html

http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/subject/reading-games/

http://www.smartygames.com/

 

Spelling words for this week are in an image below incase anyone is having trouble opening the link. 

 

We are practising this spelling rule because we are having babys, countrys, ladys etc in our work at the moment! 

 

So if you could all learn the plural rule for words ending in y - which is to drop the y and add an -ies. 

 

I also want you to think of as many other words ending in y as you can - and write their plurals. 

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HOMEWORK:

 

Your Homework this week is to write an acrostic poem about a river to display on our wall in the classroom.

 

You can still stick it in your homework book and we will photocopy it for our Bend and Flow display.

 

This website is absolutely fantastic and will guide you through the whole process:

 

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/acrostic/

 

Please also practise your times tables, spellings and read your reading book.

 

Can you also play this game on the Topmarks website and we will discuss it in class.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Parsons smiley

 

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Spellings for Test on Monday 2nd October

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Spellings for test on Monday 25th September - don't forget to choose the right ones for if you are learning 10 or 20 spellings!

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Spellings for test on Monday 18th September

A few parents have asked how they can help support their child's learning at home, this is fantastic to hear and we welcome all the support and encouragement on offer!

 

I can provide more information on what we will be learning in Year 5 this year and hopefully this will help parents to be able to support and encourage the learning at home.

 

Our topic this term is called Bend and Flow and I have sent home an overview of what this topic is going to be about. I will also put a link to a copy of this, on our website page incase anyone didn’t have it or have misplaced it.

 

A lot of our learning will be based on and around this topic and the children can feel free to research anything to do with this topic at home and we will try and share their findings with the class.

 

I will be updating the class webpage regularly with a lot of information, weekly spellings, times tables, hints and tips, so please keep checking out this page.

 

A “meet the teacher” parents evening is coming up and letters will be coming home soon, where there will be a chance to discuss how the children have settled, what we are working on and any concerns you may have.

 

In English lessons this term, we will be reading “Kensuke’s Kingdom” by Michael Morpurgo and a lot of our work will be based around this. We will be looking at the characters in the book in detail, themes of the book and then our genre for this half term will be poetry.

 

So, the children will be looking at the features of poetry, looking at different examples of poetries and then building up to writing poetry themselves.

 

I can provide details of all the skills that we will be covering for Literacy (English) and Numeracy (Maths) in year 5 this year, if that will help you further support your child.

 

It will not include HOW we will be covering those skills (eg the activities we will be doing) – but it will show what sort of skills they will be needing to acquire this term. Please let me know if you would like a copy of this. They are taken from the LNF – The literacy and numeracy framework document.

 

But, in general – in Maths, if you do want your child to be looking at extra bits at home, it would be beneficial if all children could work on knowing all of the basic mathematics really well – so practising and revising the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

 

We use the times tables every day in our maths and we have daily “Gun Fighters” contests where the children compete against each other to say randomly generated times tables as quickly as possible. So it would be beneficial if all pupils could know their times tables at speed.

 

Each week we do a mixture of math questions before our lessons – which include fact families, reading numbers and understanding place value – so if pupils could brush up on their knowledge and understanding of these.

 

A solid grasping of these basics would help with any of the maths topics we cover.

There are a number of great websites that can help to brush up on these topics and I am in the process of putting a list together to add to this class page.

 

In general for English – if all children could read as often and as much as possible. The focus in Year 5, should now be on a clear understanding of what they have read. So Comprehension style question and answer sessions are great for this, asking them to explain what has happened in the story or writing a book review for a story or poem.

 

As a whole school approach, we are looking closely at spelling, punctuation and grammar as an area to improve this year. So if the children could ensure that they understand when to use punctuation correctly in their writing every time, that would be great. Punctuation that they should be using accurately by now includes:

Full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks, commas, speech marks – and later apostrophes.

 

All the class will get weekly spellings on a Monday, which they will be tested on, on the following Monday. They will be taken from a whole school spelling list of suitable words for each year group and they will always follow a pattern or a spelling rule to make them easier to learn.

 

Your child will need to load up the class webpage to get a copy of the spellings each week.

 

If you can support and encourage your child to learn their spellings each week – and also to apply the spellings in their writing correctly.

 

We will be introducing dictation sessions later in the year, including the words they have learnt for Spellings, to check if they can also apply them.

 

I hope that this is enough for a start – any questions or queries then please come and see me.

 

I look forward to meeting you all on parents evening – the letters for which, will be sent out shortly.

 

Mrs Parsons.

 

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Welcome back!

I hope you have had a fantastic Summer holidays and are all refreshed and ready to start the new school year.

Our topic this term is entitled Bend and Flow and it is looking at rivers and the water cycle.

 

Reading books will be given out on a Friday and should return to school on a Monday.

 

You should aim to listen to your child read every weekend, and fill in their reading record. However, if for any reason you don’t listen to your child, their books should still be returned on a Monday so a member of staff can listen to them.

 

 

Thank you for your support,
 

I look forward to meeting you all at our first Parent-teacher meetings, however if you have any questions before this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Mrs Parsons.

 

102 children go bowling! What a great day! Lots more photos on Twitter. 
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We have been learning collective nouns for groups of things this week. How many can you remember for our fun test, Tuesday?

Spellings Monday 3rd July

Designing & making healthy frozen drinks and ice lollies:

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We haven't done our Spelling test re-sit of Soft C words this week, as planned, as we are doing our own spelling assessments in class at the moment and don't want to over load the pupils. 

 

So, the soft c words will be carried over to Monday 26th June. You can find the spelling test word list below (scroll down a few posts.) It is named Spellings for Monday 19th June - but these will be carried over to Monday 26th June.

Listening to our class novel, James & the Giant Peach in the sunshine.
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It has been SO hot the last two days! ☀️☀️☀️☀️

Please can you remember to bring in sun cream, hats and water bottles to help stay cool in this gorgeous weather. 

We spent Monday afternoon collecting foliage & flowers from the nature garden & then arranged them on our desks to observe and sketch. 

We then photocopied our sketches so that we had a copy for our topic book and then made decorated paper fans out of the photocopies to keep us cool! They really worked! 

Take a look at our sketches below & of us outside with our fans. 

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We have been looking at puns and a "play on words" in Dosbarth Gwyn and we decided to encorporate this into our Fathers Day Cards! 

 

All the efforts were fantastic! We had some delights such as: 

 

Hap-pea Father's Day (& pictures of 2 peas in a pod!) 

 

Have a RATical day (& a pic of a big rat!) 

 

You're one in a melon! (Watermelon pic) 

 

I donut know what I would do without you (& 2 donuts with smiling faces!) 

 

This might sound cheesy but I think you're grate! (& a block of cheese & a cheese grater!) 

 

You did a grape job of raisin me! (With a daddy raisin & baby grape pic!) 

 

Check out some of the delights below! I hope the daddy's loved them as much as I did! 

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Spellings for Monday 19th June

Many children in the class have been looking for inspiration for things to read. Mrs Williams has kindly put together a recommended reading list for Year 5 age pupils. This is included below:
The letter below about Beat the street, went home today. 
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